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Rubio Would Vote For Short-Term Budget That Does Not Fund

Jul 26, 2013 | Press Releases

Rubio: “I think the real question is: Is Barack Obama willing to shut down the government over ObamaCare? In essence, I think we should pay our military, I think we should fund the government, I just don’t think we should fund ObamaCare. And what the President is saying is we either fund ObamaCare or we don’t fund anything. And I think that’s an unreasonable position.”

Excerpts from interview on “The Andrea Tantaros Show”
Senator Marco Rubio
July 26, 2013
http://youtu.be/yCMkt4qSdU8?t=3m10s

Senator Marco Rubio: “In the meantime, on ObamaCare the clock is ticking. It will kick in on October 1. There are people right now that are being moved from full-time to part-time because of ObamaCare. There are people that are going to lose their jobs because of ObamaCare. There are people who are going to lose their existing coverage because of ObamaCare, and our last best chance to do anything about it is in the short-term budget. To insist that we are not going to vote for any short-term budget that funds ObamaCare because if you vote to fund ObamaCare, you can’t really say you’re against it.”

Andrea Tantaros: “Are you, Senator Marco Rubio, willing to shut down the government over ObamaCare? Because when you talk about the budget, you know better than anyone, that means shut down, potentially.”

Rubio: “I think the real question is: Is Barack Obama willing to shut down the government over ObamaCare? In essence, I think we should pay our military. I think we should fund the government. I just don’t think we should fund ObamaCare. And what the President is saying is we either fund ObamaCare or we don’t fund anything. And I think that’s an unreasonable position. And that’s the position he’s taken and the Democrats have taken. ObamaCare is a disaster by his own admission. He’s had to basically delay one of the most important parts of the law. Right now, some people are going to get forced into an exchange. They’re going to lose their existing coverage and be forced to buy health insurance from an exchange. Well, those exchanges haven’t even been set up yet, and they may not be set up by October 1. In fact, I think they won’t be.”

Tantaros: “Yes, I agree.”

Rubio: “And you are going to fund that? And the impact that’s having on our economy? What the President’s basically saying is that, ‘If you don’t fund ObamaCare, I won’t sign a bill that funds the government.’ So he’s the one that’s threatening to shut down the government, not us.”

Tantaros: “Would you, Senator Rubio, allow him to shut down the government?”

Rubio: “Look, I am not a fan of short-term budgets, but I am willing to vote for one if it defunds ObamaCare. But if it just going to be the continuation of the same broken promises and, in addition to that, spends money on ObamaCare, I am not going to do it. Look, I ran on a platform that ObamaCare was bad for our country and I promised people that I would do everything I could to undo that. And this may be the last chance to actually do something about it. I cannot go back to Florida and tell people, ‘I did everything I could to stop ObamaCare,’ if I do not fight to defund it here in September.”

Rubio: “I think our approach should be this: I think the House should pass a short-term budget that funds the government that doesn’t fund ObamaCare. I think in the Senate, all Republicans should unite behind that position. There are many Democrats that are coming around to that view now, privately and I think increasingly publicly, because they see what a disaster this is. And then we should pass a short-term budget out of the Senate that does not fund ObamaCare. And then the President will have a decision to make: sign it and keep the government open, or veto it and shut down the government. And that will be up to him to decide what he wants to do, and there will be consequences to that because ObamaCare is not more important than the country.”